Wednesday, August 6, 2014

8/6-Larry Van Aalst talks to Erik Miller & Dan Barwick

Erik Miller - Owner & Winemaker, Kokomo Winery
Owner, Winemaker at Kokomo Winery in the Dry Creek area of Sonoma County, Erik is the man in the know about the Indy Competition.
Born and raised in Indiana , he learned his trade and moved to California to make world class , award winning wines. We will talk about the results , and sweepstakes winning wines, and Eriks' new releases at Kokomo.

Winemaker / Principal at Paradise Ridge Winery , Dans'  Winery is just a mile away from our CRN studio in Santa Rosa. A veteran  Judge at the Indy International , Dan will give us the low down on all that makes the competition unique.
We will also discus the new releases at Paradise Ridge ,and talk about the weather and its' effect on the 2014 vintage.

Monday, August 4, 2014

7/23-Larry Van Aalst visits with Dr. William Silver & Rick Moshin

Dr. William Silver- Sonoma State University's Wine Business Department
Bill will be joining us from Sonoma State University's Wine Business Department to talk about the only program in the Americas, that offers a MBA in Wine Business.  We will get the breaking news about an important endowment that will greatly enhance Sonoma State's ability to offer the best in Wine Education.

Rick Moshin- As the Owner & Winemaker, Moshin Vineryards
As the Owner/Winemaker at Moshin Vineryards, Rick has one of the most modern  facilities in all of the Americas. With the state of the art winery, and Rick's hands on approach , he is making spectacular award winning wines. We will talk about the new releases , and the dry weather effect on the 2014 vintage.

7/09-Larry Van Aalst talks to Kevin Mawhimney & Dan Berger

Kevin Mawhimney- Inspiration Vineyards, Santa Rosa
Recently graduated from UC Santa Barbra, Kevin brings his education and enthusiasm to Inspiration Vineyards in Santa Rosa.
We will talk about the newest approaches in making wine, and Kevins' love of the barrel.

Author , Wine Judge, Wine Competition Director, and all around interesting guy, Dan is the Dean of Wine in Sonoma County.
Recently back from New York , Dan will tell us the latest news from the east coast , will give us the inside info. on Vintage Experiences , his go to web page.

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

6/25-Larry Van Aalst talks to Galen McCorkle / Pat Ross & Kaveh Azari

Galen McCorkle / Pat Ross - Jackson Family Wines & Matanzas Creek Winery
Galen is with Jackson Family Wines and will be bringing Pat Ross from Matanzas Creek Winery with her. Pat will tell us about the spectacular Lavender Festival held at the winery every year, and Galen will fill us in on the other great events coming up over the summer at The Family Wineries.

Azari Vineyards is one of the new wineries in Sonoma County.
Located in the Petaluma Gap, they are producing a number of different wines
and getting very good press. Kaveh, son of the  owners will be with us to talk about the wines , and the wonder of the Petaluma Gap.

Sunday, June 8, 2014

6/11-Larry Van Aalst talks to Chris Russi & Dan Wildermuth

Chris Russi - Winemaker, Comstock Wines
One of the newest wineries in Dry Creek, Comstock Wines, has chosen a Sonoma County Star, Chris Russi as it's winemaker. Honing his skills around the world, Chris was most recently with Thomas George Estates, and Christopher Creek . We will talk about Comstock , gearing up for the Fall of 2014 , and the huge task of a new winery startup.

Dan Wildermuth - Rodney Strong Vineyards
Part of the amazing team at Rodney Strong Vineyards, Dan will be with us to talk about their great wines , but also to preview one of the best Wine Country Events of the year, Wine Country Weekend.
Dan will tell us about the involvement by Rodney Strong in the Labor Day Weekend  festival,and what to expect this year.

5/28-Larry Van Aalst visits with Steve Falk & Erik Miller

Steve Falk - CEO, Sonoma Media
As CEO for Sonoma Media, Steve is the Publisher of Northern California Wine Country's most read newspaper. The Santa Rosa Press Democrat has readers all over the North Bay Area, and is the long standing go to for world and local news. With a background in publishing , Steve worked on the start up of USA Today, and was the former publisher of The San Francisco Chronicle. We will be talking about The North Coast Wine Challenge , a one of a kind Wine Competition , recently held in Santa Rosa.

Erik Miller - Winemaker & Partner, Kokomo Winery
Winemaker and partner in Kokomo Winery , Erik is one of the young stars in Sonoma County. Raised and schooled in Indiana , Erik is living the dream , and just won a sweepstakes award at The North Coast Wine Challenge.

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

5/14-Larry Van Aalst talks to Duskie Estes & Mac McDonald

Duskie Estes - Chef & Principle, Zazu Restaurant
Chef and a principle in Zazu Restaurant in Sebastopol California, Duskie has an affinity for pork and has become recognized across
the nation for her "snout to tail" approach" in dealing with the perfect pairing for the great Sonoma County Pinot Noirs. Recently on both the Food Channel , and PBS in both Chefs a Field, and A Moveable Feast , Duskie is becoming a national treasure in her field, and is without question a sparkling gem in Sonoma County's culinary scene.

Mac McDonald - Owner, Vision Cellars
Mac and his wife Lil , are the owners of Vision Cellars in the heart of The Russian River AVA in Sonoma County. From son of a moonshine maker in Texas to making some of the best Pinot Noir around, Mac has stories to delight all wine lovers. Mac and Duskie , mentioned above, have a mutual admiration for each other, producing food and wine that are meant for each other. We will talk about Pinot Noir , Pork , and living the good life in Sonoma.